On This Day

On This Day in Music for March 30

Events in Music

  • 1946 "St Louis Woman" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 113 performances
  • 1957 1st performance of Walter Piston's 4th Symphony

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Barbra Streisand stars on "Color Me Barbra" special on CBS

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • 1967 Cover picture of Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's" is photographed
  • 1970 "Applause" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 900 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

1970 Miles Davis's influential double album "Bitches Brew" released

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • 1970 Strouse, Adams, Comden & Green's musical "Applause" premieres in NYC
  • 1972 "Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 156 performances
  • 1978 "History of the American Film" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • 1986 "Tango Argentino" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 198 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

1988 2nd Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
  • 1991 "Speed of Darkness" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • 1993 "Redwood Curtain" opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 40 performances
  • 1995 "Arcadia" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 204 performances

Music releaseAlbum Release

2018 Country singer songwriter Kacey Musgraves releases her fourth album "Golden Hour" (Grammy Album of the Year 2019)

Singer Songwriter Kacey Musgraves
Singer Songwriter
Kacey Musgraves

Birthdays in Music

  • 1687 Johann Balthasar Freisslich, composer
  • 1719 John Hawkins, England, wrote 1st history of music
  • 1727 Tommaso MFS Traetta, Ital's opera composer/band leader (Farnace)
  • 1750 John Stafford Smith, composer
  • 1772 Johann Wilhelm Wilms, composer
  • 1804 Salomon Sulzer, composer
  • 1805 Adrien de La Fage, composer
  • 1811 Angelo Catelani, Italian composer/conductor
  • 1815 Wincenty Studzinski, Polish violinist and composer, born in Kraków (d. 1854)
  • 1830 Auguste Tolbecque, composer
  • 1835 Bernhard Scholz, composer
  • 1858 Siegfried Alkan, German composer, born in Dillingen, Saarland (d. 1941)
  • 1872 Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko, composer
  • 1902 Ted Heath, British musician and band leader (d. 1969)
  • 1904 Akarova, [Marguerite Acarin], Belgian dancer (Les Biches)
  • 1908 Camille Schmit, Belgian organist, composer, and educator, born in Aubange (d. 1976)
  • 1908 Kurt Bruggemann, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2002)
  • 1911 Dennis Gomm, British composer and musician (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Frankie Laine [Francesco Paolo LoVecchio], Italian-American singer, songwriter, and actor (Frankie Laine Show, Rawhide), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1914 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician (Down & Out Blues), born in Madison County, Tennessee (d. 1948)
  • 1917 Els Aarne, Estonian composer, born in Makiivka, Russian Empire (d. 1995)
  • 1917 Rudolf Bruci, composer
  • 1919 Ramsay Ames [Phillips], American actress, model and dancer (The Mummy's Ghost, Ali Baba & the 40 Thieves), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Kan Ishii, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2009)
  • 1921 Oto Ferenczy, composer
  • 1922 German Germanovich Galinin, composer
  • 1922 Peter Jona Korn, composer
  • 1924 Milko Kelemen, composer
  • 1925 Ivo Malec, composer (Zagreb, Croatia), born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1926 Werner Torkanowsky, conductor (New Orleans Symphony), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1928 John Heddle Nash, English operatic singer, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1928 Diether de la Motte, composer
  • 1931 Harold Burrage, American singer/pianist (Hi Yo Silver)
  • 1931 Sandor Szokolay, composer
  • 1934 Lanny Morgan, American jazz alto saxophonist, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1935 Gordon Mumma, American composer, born in Framingham, Massachussetts
  • 1935 John Charles Eaton, composer
  • 1935 Karl Berger, German musicologist and musician
  • 1942 Graeme Edge, England, rock drummer (Moody Blues-Your Wildest Dreams)
  • 1943 Jay Traynor, American singer (Jay and the Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Ken Forssi, American musician (Love) (d. 1998)

Person of interestEric Clapton

1945 Eric Clapton, English singer and guitarist (Tears in Heaven), born in Ripley, Surrey, England

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • 1945 Richard Evans, British graphic designer, album cover designer (The Who; The Doors; Pink Floyd; Louis Armstrong), born in Wilmslow, Cheshire
  • 1948 Jim Dandy Mangrum, American vocalist (Black Oak Arkansas), born in Benton Harbour, Michigan
  • 1949 Dana [Richenda Antoinette de Winterstein] Gillespie, English actress and singer (Jesus Christ Superstar), born in Surrey, England
  • 1949 Lene Lovich, English-American singer, songwriter and musician (Lucky Number), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950 Dave Ball, English guitarist (Procul Harum), born in Birmingham (d. 2015)
  • 1950 Eugene Bowen, composer (Wonder's Edge)
  • 1950 Rupert Greenall, rock keyboardist (Fixx)
  • 1959 Sabine Meyer, German clarinetist
  • 1962 M C Hammer, [Stanley Kirk Burrell], rapper (Hammer Time), born in Oakland, California
  • 1963 Eli-Eri Moura, Brazilian composer and conductor
  • 1964 Tracy Chapman, American singer-songwriter (Fast Car; Give Me One Reason), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1966 Joey Castillo, American drummer (Queens of the Stone Age)
  • 1967 Hayashibara Megumi, Japanese voice actress and singer

Person of interestCeline Dion

1968 Celine Dion, Canadian singer (I'm Your Woman), born in Charlemagne, Quebec

Singer Celine Dion
Celine Dion
  • 1969 Marco Foddis, pop drummer (Pestilence)
  • 1973 DJ AM [Adam Goldstein], American DJ and musician, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • 1976 Mark McClelland, Northern Irish musician (Degrassi)

Person of interestNorah Jones

1979 Norah Jones, American singer and pianist (Come Away with Me), born in Brooklyn, New York

Singer and Pianist Norah Jones
Singer and Pianist
Norah Jones
  • 1979 Simon Webbe, English singer
  • 1980 Yalin, Turkish singer and songwriter
  • 1983 Scott Moffatt, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1983 Hebe Tian, Taiwanese singer (S.H.E)
  • 1984 Anna Nalick, American singer and songwriter.
  • 1986 Beni Arashiro, Japanese singer

Weddings in Music

LoveWedding of Interest

1946 Actress Doris Day (23) weds saxophonist George Weidler

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

LoveWedding of Interest

1997 Rapper Vanilla Ice (29) weds Laura Giarritta

Rapper Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice
  • 2007 "Little Big Town" singer-guitarist Phillip Sweet (33) weds Rebecca Arthur at Cedarvine Manor in Lebanon, Tennessee

Deaths in Music

  • 1764 Pietro Locatelli, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 68
  • 1864 Louis Schindelmeisser, German clarinetist and composer, dies 52
  • 1872 Nikolaos Mantzaros, Italian-Greek composer, dies at 76
  • 1875 Marie Moke Pleyel, composer, dies at 63
  • 1884 Hans Hampel, Czech composer, dies at 61
  • 1935 Romanos Hovakimi Melik'yan, composer, dies at 51
  • 1936 Conchita Supervía, Spanish opera singer, dies at 40
  • 1945 Karel Moor, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 71
  • 1953 Roderich Mojsisovics-Mojsvar, composer, dies at 75
  • 1960 Joseph Haas, German opera composer (Totenmesse), dies at 81
  • 1963 Alexander Gauk, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 69
  • 1964 Willem Andriessen, Dutch composer and pianist (Beethoven), dies at 76
  • 1977 Levko Mykolayevich Revutsky, composer, dies at 88
  • 1977 Abdel Halim Hafez, Egyptian singer and actor (b. 1929)
  • 1978 Larry Young [Khalid Yasin], American jazz musician (Unity), dies at 37 in unclear circumstances
  • 1994 Sid Weiss, American jazz bassist, dies at 79
  • 1995 Paul A. Rothchild, American record producer (produced Janis Joplin's final album Pearl), dies at 59
  • 1995 Rozelle Claxton, pianist/arranger, dies at 82
  • 1998 Ramsay Ames [Phillips], American actress, model and dancer (The Mummy's Ghost, Ali Baba & the 40 Thieves), dies of lung cancer at 79
  • 2000 Beryl McBurnie, Trinidadian dancer (Little Carib Theatre), dies at 84
  • 2004 Timi Yuro [Rosemary Timothy Yuro], American singer (Hurt), dies at 63
  • 2005 Emil Dimitrov, Bulgarian singer (b. 1940)
  • 2005 Derrick Plourde, American drummer (b. 1971)
  • 2013 Phil Ramone [Rabinowitz], South-African born American music producer (co-founded A&R records), dies from an aortic aneurysm at 79
  • 2016 Gianmaria Testa, Italian singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 57

Person of interestBill Withers

2020 Bill Withers, American singer-songwriter and rhythm & blues musician (Ain't No Sunshine, Lean on Me), dies of heart complications at 81

Rhythm & Blues Musician Bill Withers
Rhythm & Blues Musician
Bill Withers